As someone on the healing journey with Hashimoto’s Disease, I am always looking for ways to decrease inflammation and increase my immune system.
In Hashimoto’s, our bodies mount an immune response against our own thyroid gland, leading to inflammation of the gland. The inflammation expands beyond the thyroid gland. Many of us experience whole body inflammation feeling the results of Hashimoto’s in our joints as well as our thyroid.
Since Hashimoto’s is auto-immune meaning our immune system is compromised. Our immune system is busy fighting our own body versus common viruses. As a result, we are more prone to catch colds and other bugs in our environment.
The good news? There are natural ways to boost your immune system and keep you healthy! Spices are an inexpensive and effective method to keeping your immune system strong. I use spices in my tea, smoothies, recipes and bone broth to help reverse Hashimoto’s and its symptoms.
Cinnamon is chocked full of antioxidants. As far as antioxidants, cinnamon beats out other superfoods like oregano and garlic. In addition to its flu fighting, autoimmune boosting superpowers, cinnamon also contains anti-inflammatory properties to make this spice a Hashimoto’s favorite.
For me, cinnamon is much easier to integrate into daily snacks and meals. Cinnamon is a wonderful addition to smoothies and teas. I also sprinkle it on my sweet potato fries and chips as well as butternut squash. Below is my favorite smoothie recipe. It is a modification of BexLife’s Smoothie found in her 21 Day Soul Cleanse Program.
1 cup almond milk
Orgain chocolate protein powder or any chocolate protein powder you prefer. Orgain is not grain free but I don’t have a reaction to it. And to be frank, it tastes good, is organic and is affordable
Tons of greens – chard or spinach are my go-to greens
1 spoonful of Almond Butter
Blend all these ingredients and then top with a generous sprinkle of cinnamon and Cacao Nibs for a special treat. This is my husband’s favorite smoothie!
Ginger is another powerful spice to reduce inflammation. I love to put ginger in my morning elixir seen below. I also love the taste of ginger which helps distract me from the distinct taste of apple cider vinegar. In addition to my morning elixir, I cook with ginger especially with my veggies. Adding a little ginger root to my steam snap peas makes it a delicious side dish.
Side note: ginger is also a natural fever reduction if you want to reduce the amount of pain medicine you take with your immune system gives in and a fever occurs.
My Morning Elixir
Room temperature water
Local raw honey – amazing for my allergies
Half an inch of ginger root
2 tablespoons of Apple Cider Vinegar – great for healing the gut
Turmeric has a powerful anti-inflammatory effect AND is a killer antioxidant. Are you sensing a theme here? In addition, studies show that turmeric boasts incredible benefits in the fight against depression. Depression is a common side effect with Hashimoto’s Disease and one I struggle with as well. After 6 weeks, turmeric led to improvements that were similar to Prozac, a common anti-depressant, results. The group that took both Prozac and turmeric saw the best results in reducing symptoms of depression. For me, this is the trifecta of symptom healing goodness, so you bet I add turmeric to my dishes. I struggle with depression. I believe my depression is associated with my Hashimoto’s.
My most consistent use of turmeric is in my afternoon bone broth. A little sprinkle of turmeric adds a nice flavor to the otherwise bland bone broth. More importantly, it gives a boost to my immune system when combining bone broth and turmeric. It’s a marriage made in heaven as far as I am concerned.
What are your favorite or natural ways to heal? I am trying Maca next per the recommendation of my health coach. Maca helps balance hormones. At 46, you can be sure I need a little help with that! I will let you know it goes.
Note, none of this information is given in replacement of a doctor or professional advice. I am simply sharing my experience on the journey to reverse Hashimoto’s.
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